Hawesville passes salary ordinance at 6 am special meeting

By Dave Taylor In an early morning special called meeting Friday, the Hawesville City Council held the second readings of three ordinances, including one raising the compensation of the next mayor. At 6 a.m. Friday, the council met, with only Danny Doyle absent, to hold the second readings, due to the fact that the compensation…

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Glenn seeking District 8 Senate seat held by Joe Bowen

By Dave Taylor Bob Glenn is running for state senate, for the seat currently held by retiring Republican Joe Bowen, and he says that his experience in education and as a city commissioner helping oversee the massive growth of Owensboro make him well suited for the job.  Glenn, a Democrat, is a three-term city commissioner…

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Second teacher ‘sick out’ gets mixed reaction

By Dave Taylor Hancock County schools were closed again Friday after a second “sick out” in a month, as teachers from across the state called in sick to rally in Frankfort for more education spending, just weeks after holding a similar protest over changes in retirements for future teachers. The protests were a byproduct of…

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Is new China tariff aimed at Hancock County?

By Dave Taylor Is Hancock County being targeted by China? There is legitimate reason for speculation about whether China is deliberately targeting the county after the country announced a 179 percent tariff on U.S. sorghum Tuesday. See this week’s Hancock Clarion for the full story

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New sales tax will hit Vastwood, country club

By Dave Taylor In an effort to raise more revenue for state coffers, legislators have voted to add sales tax on certain services, which will not just impact local businesses but will affect things like camping at Vastwood Park and golfing at Windward Heights Country Club. House Bill 366 adds sales tax to 17 new…

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Behind the scenes: Dispatchers unseen but vital

By Dave Taylor April 8th through 14th is National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, celebrating the people who are normally out of sight and out of mind until something goes terribly wrong. In Hancock County, 10 dispatchers take shifts at the county’s dispatch center in Hawesville, working 24 hours a day in solitude and near complete…

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No place like home – Hunts build skate park in basement

By Dave Taylor When Blake Hunt gets an idea, watch out. Hunt, who lives in Lewisport with his wife Ami and their two sons, Aiden and Deegan, had a little idea for the basement of the family’s new home on KY661, but it has spiraled into an all-out skate park and kid paradise. See this…

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Hawesville to raise pay for mayor, keep council same

By Dave Taylor How much are the Hawesville mayor and council worth? That was the question debated at Tuesday night’s city council meeting, when the council introduced an ordinance to set the salaries of the next elected officials. Ordinance 01-18 was set to increase the compensation of both the next elected mayor and council members,…

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Century tax incentive could hurt Hancock County

By Dave Taylor While the state basked in the warm glow of last week’s announcement that Century Aluminum would spend $116.5 million and hire 250 workers at its Hawesville smelter, the tax incentives required to make it happen might just leave Hancock County in the cold.  See this week’s Hancock Clarion for the full story

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